How to remove tea stain
Tea Stain Removal
How to remove tea stain from carpets.
Step 1. Identify stain
Identify what type of carpet stain we are dealing with(remove tea stain) and choose the appropriate cleaning solution. A stain made from tea will be a organic type of stain an some teas contain tannin which is used as a dye. Because some teas can dye carpets, it is best to call a professional to remove these types of stain. The best stain remover for tea stains would be a detergent based spotter then followed by a dye reducer. A detergent spotter can be made from mixing half teaspoon of laundry detergent to 500ml of warm water. A mix of ammonia/water would be used as a dye remover. Caution has to be used when using the ammonia type spotter as it could fade/bleach carpet.
Step 2. Removing tea stain.
The detergent carpet spotter solution should be applied to a clean cloth or paper towel. Never apply cleaning solutions directly to stain areas. Use a blotting action only as rubbing will cause pile distortion and will become unsightly even when entire stain is removed. Work the cleaning solution from the outside of the stain towards the center. You may have to repeat this step until no more stain transfer to cloth is achieved.
Step 3. Rinsing the stain.
Thoroughly rinse out the stained area with either plain water or soda water. It is really important to rinse all of the cleaning solution out of the carpet as this will prevent any wicking of the stain in the carpet as it dries. One option would be to use a wet and dry vac to rinse and retrieve the rinse water out of the carpet otherwise just use a thick cloth or a pile of paper towels applied to the damp area and weighted with a heavy object (phone book) and leave overnight. This will allow any residues to wick into the paper towels or cloth as it dries thus taking it out of the carpet and into the cloth or paper towels.
If tea stain still persists please call a professional carpet cleaner to help remove remainder of stain.
Tips on stain removal.
Scrape up excess.
Blot stain only. Do not rub stain.
Avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach.
Do not over wet carpet with stain remover.
Do a little at a time, let it dry and do a little bit more.
Use a colour fast cleaning cloth or towel so the colour of the cloth doesn’t transfer to carpet (blue chux cloths tend to do this).
Stop once the stain stops transferring to the cleaning cloth .
If in doubt call River City Carpet Cleaning for advice.